Fanny Serrano to TV producers: Match your characters looks on screen
MANILA, Philippines – Fashion designer and makeup artist Fanny Serrano criticized TV producers from big networks who fail to make sure their actors' on-screen looks match the roles they play.
Fanny, or "TF" in showbiz circles, expresssed his disappointment in a Facebook post on Sunday, May 26. In the post, he said producers should pay attention to the makeup and wardrobe of actors.
"Nananawagan po ako sa lahat ng producers at directors ng mga teleseryes sa channel 2 at 7 na bigyan nyo naman ng panahon na pansinin mabuti ang mga makeup, hairstyle at wardrobes ng mga leading stars nyo!" Fanny said.
(I'm calling on all producers and directors of the teleseryes on channel 2 and 7 to check the makeup, hairstyle, and wardrobe of your lead stars.)
"Please naman! Sa totoo lang, malaki ang responsibilidad ninyo na silipin sa monitor kung ano ang tamang image ng character portrayed ng mga artista nyo. Kailangan ba na naka-full makeup kahit nasa loob ng bahay at matutulog na o kaya magluluto o maglalaba?!! Anoba?!"
(Please. It's your responsibility to check the monitor and make sure the right image for the character is being portrayed. Do they have to be full makeup, even inside the house or sleeping or even when they cook and do the laundry?)
Fanny, who has also appeared in movies and TV series asked wondered if the people behind the shows bother to do research on the character's look, pointing out that it's not always the fault of the stylists and makeup artists if the budget is not enough.
"Hindi ako nagmamarunong pero dahil nasanay na ako at tumanda sa trabahong ito na pinag-aaralan kong mabuti ang kailalimlaliman ng character ng artistang pinahahawakan sa akin para sa kanyang role sa isang teleserye or pelikula...hanggang sa minsan ay nagwo-walkout ako dahil mismo yung artistang pinahahawakan sa akin ay hindi rin naiintindihan ang kanyang role at feeling nya ay basta lagi syang maganda para daw sa mga fans nya kahit ang role nya at tindera lang sa palengke," Fanny said.
(I won't claim to know everything but I've been doing this job and I study characters really closely... there even came a point when I walked out because an artist couldn't understand the role and felt that it was enough to be good looking for the fans – even if the role was that of a market vendor)
Fanny cited Korean and Japanese shows, pointing out that characters on screen look real and believable because the looks were studied well.
Fanny ended the message by saying that network producers have been in the field for so long and yet still scrimp when it comes to the budget of the character's look.
"Hindi ba kayo aware na matatalino na ang mga viewers nyo...at umaasa pa kayo ng mataas na rating! Hoy Gisiiiiiiiiing!!! (Are you not aware that viewers are smarter now? And yet you still expect high ratings? Wake up folks!)"
In a follow up post on Monday, May 27, Fanny said a producer from GMA 7 saw his post and immediately informed the network's heads.
"Praise God. A GMA7 teleserye producer reply upon reading my message re the images of our Pinoy teleseryes' character.
Aside from running his own salon chain, makeup brand, and being a makeup artist to top stars, Fanny is also a fashion designer, whose creations have been worn by top models and personalities in the country. — Rappler.com